Reflexology is an ancient physical art that has been used for more than 4,000 years to treat many different illnesses and diseases. Nowadays, it is especially more popular to be used in the management of chronic pain. Reflexology is based on the principle of having reflexes present in the hands and feet of every individual that are directly linked with every organ and every system of the body. Applying the right amount of pressure using your thumb and your index finger, on the hands and feet, stimulate these reflexes and produces physical changes in the body.
Reflexology is frequently confused with massage; however, they both are completely different. Massage uses firm pressure to be applied directly on the affected area. On the other hand, reflexology applies firm pressure to the reflexes points found on the hands and feet, which in turn affect all parts of the body.
The biggest affect of reflexology is the relief of stress and tension of the body. It has been used very popularly to release stress. This is achieved by stimulation the nervous system, improving the blood circulation, as well as, improves the lymphatic flow of the body. It has also been used popularly for the management of chronic pain. Reflexology helps chronic pain by producing the natural painkillers of the body, known as endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals substances that control the perception of pain.
However, in recent times it has gained much more popularity for treating the joint and muscle pain. Especially, the inflammation present in the joints and muscles seen in many diseases, such as arthritis, can be effectively relieved through the use of reflexology. There are more than seven thousand nerve endings present in the feet alone. These are stimulated in reflexology to achieve the various beneficial effects to the muscles and joints of the body.
Reflexology is also very effective for the most common joint and muscle condition, the arthritis. Arthritis can affect one joint or it can affect several different joints at the same time. The inflammation produced within the joints can also involve the surrounding muscles. As a result, pain is experienced in the muscles and joints. The treatment of arthritis involves continuous use of medicines which has many side effects. For this reason, most people turn towards reflexology. Reflexology works wonders for the arthritic pain. It is very beneficial for the foot pain due to arthritis or any disease.